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2016 Summer Field School
The 2016 OU Archaeological Field School is in beautiful Abiquiu, New Mexico and focuses on the archaeology of early (A.D. 1300-1350) Tewa Pueblo communities who lived near the Rio Chama. We’ll primarily be working at the important site of Palisade Ruin where we’ll re-excavate the backdirt of previous excavations and map and stabilize the site. We’ll also conduct landscape and site survey, artifact analysis, and mapping of numerous other contemporaneous villages. We’ll go on many field trips to places of both archaeological and cultural significance, have campfire lectures at night, and visit with students and faculty from other on-going projects in the region. There are two components to the project: a five-week field study in Abiquiu, and a three-week laboratory component back in Norman. A total of 8 credit hours will be earned by students taking both of these classes.
And to top it all off: we’ll be living next to the beach! We’ll camp for five weeks at the Abiquiu Lake Recreation Area, a very nice facility managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. A swimming beach was recently built so there will be ample opportunities to be refreshed after a long day in the sun. Showers are available, and meals will be prepared by a local cook. And, every night you’ll be treated to this:
The project is in collaboration with the U.S. Corps of Engineers and the Santa Fe National Forest. Besides learning excavation, site mapping, landscape survey, and artifact analysis skills, you’ll get an opportunity to make friends with and learn from archaeologists in the American Southwest.
Classes: ANTH 3930 (5 credit hours) and ANTH 4763 (3 credit hours).
Dates: May 22 to June 25 for the field portion of the class in Abiquiu and June 27 to July 15 for the lab portion of the class in Norman.
Prerequisite: Instructor permission. All interested students must complete and submit an application form by March 11 to be considered for enrollment.
Eligibility: This class is open to any undergraduate students. In case we receive more applications than there are spots, preferences will be given to OU students and to students who will enroll in both classes.
Cost: Costs for tuition and fees for OU in-state students will be approximately $1,800 (for 5 credits) and $2,800 (for 8 credits). Out-of-state tuition and fees are $4,100 (for 5 credits) and $6,400 (for 8 credits). OU students paying the flat-rate tuition who have not enrolled in 30 credit hours in the fall and spring will be discounted the tuition and some fees for up to 6 credit hours during the summer. In addition to the tuition and fees, a fee of $1,000 will be assessed to cover all expenses for the five-week field session. Please work with the instructor and the bursar to calculate your exact expense.
Skills: Students will learn how to excavate, site map, survey, and conduct artifact analysis (primarily ceramics, lithics, and groundstone). Students will also learn to interpret the archaeology and the artifacts and to write-up the results.
Work schedule: Field work will take place Monday through Friday during the field portion of the project. On the weekends we will have fieldtrips and some downtime. During the lab portion, class will take place 8-5 daily, Monday through Friday.
Accommodations: We will be camping for five weeks in Abiquiu. While our accommodations are relatively posh students should be ready to live out of a tent for an extended amount of time. Students will be responsible for their own housing during the lab class in Norman.
Instructors: The class has three instructors: Samuel Duwe and two graduate student teaching assistants.
Questions? Please direct any questions to Samuel Duwe at his email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Phone: (405) 325-2519 | Email: email@example.com